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Electric drive to take 56% of selected light commercial markets by 2040

By: Irma Venter     30th May 2019 Electric vehicles, or EVs, are on track to encroach significantly on the market for vans and short-distance trucking, according to the latest forecast from research firm BloombergNEF (BNEF). Based on analysis of the evolving economics in different vehicle segments and geographical markets, BNEF’s... 

Sakeliga heads to SCA over power interruptions

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th May 2019 Business organisation Sakeliga will be heading to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA), in Bloemfontein, to have the judgment that prohibits State-owned power utility Eskom from unlawfully interrupting the electricity supply to defaulting municipalities upheld. On March 7, the North Gauteng High... 

EM offers key products for power-factor correction to cut energy costs

21st May 2019 Power-factor correction is a mechanism to reduce operating costs associated with electricity consumption. Some of the key advantages here are reduced kVA charges, improved plant efficiency and network voltage, and reduced overloading of cables, switchgear, and transformers. The power factor is... 

Zimbabwe starts rolling power cuts, hitting mines, industry

By: Reuters     13th May 2019 Zimbabwe has started rolling power cuts lasting up to eight hours that will also hit mines, a schedule from the State power utility showed on Monday, after reduced output at both the largest hydropower plant and ageing coal-fired generators. The power cuts will add to mounting public anger... 

March manufacturing output better than expected 

By: Mariaan Webb     9th May 2019 South Africa’s manufacturing output is continuing on a positive trend, with March output increasing by 1.2% year-on-year, beating market expectations of a contraction of 0.2%. The largest positive contributions were made by energy-intensive industries, which commentators say is surprising, given... 

Zimbabwe warns of power cuts as dam levels fall, ageing plants stutter

By: Reuters     9th May 2019 Zimbabwe's state-owned power utility on Thursday warned it may ration electricity supplies as low water levels reduce output from its biggest hydro plant, while ageing coal-fired generators are shuttered or running at reduced capacity. Power cuts would hit the mining sector – which contributes... 

GET FiT Zambia awards two solar projects to Building Energy

9th April 2019 The Italian Group has achieved preferred bidder status for the construction of two 20MWac solar PV plants, which are located in Central Province and, once completed, will produce around 100GWh per year Building Energy SpA, a multinational Italian company operating as a Global Integrated IPP... 

No, love, you’re not alone

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     5th April 2019 An extract from a song by Jacques Brel: "The newsreel of our life/I'll play it in reverse / Your pain will fall away / We'll relive yesterday / And start where we began, love . . ." So, yes, we have load-shedding. But we were not the first. Back in the day, to reduce electricity consumption, and... 

Ministerial approval for new Mozambique electricity law pending

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2019 Mozambique’s Council of Ministers is expected to review a new proposed Electricity Law during its next Parliamentary session in July or August, law firm CGA chairperson Pedro Couto said on Wednesday. He noted that the Mozambique government had concluded the necessary public consultation process... 

Energy saving tips at a time of constrained capacity

28th March 2019 In light of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan’s recent appeal to South Africans to help meet the country’s energy demands, the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) has issued some tangible ways consumers can cut down their electricity usage. As the country faces... 

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